Frank Leboeuf has said that new Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino should not use Romelu Lukaku in his squad next season.
The £350,000-a-week (SalarySport) striker is on loan at Inter Milan from Chelsea at the moment.
Lukaku is scheduled to return to the Blues at the end of the season.
Serie A club Inter will take on Premier League champions Manchester City in the final of the UEFA Champions League this month.
So, the 30-year-old former Manchester United striker could return to Chelsea a UEFA Champions League winner.
Chelsea told to offload Romelu Lukaku for good
Leboeuf said, as relayed by Metro: “I think he knows he wont be successful here so he’s already said he doesn’t want to come back. I think he’s already made up his mind, so he shouldn’t come back.
“If you don’t want to play for a club anymore then don’t play, and the club has to do everything to get rid of him. I know he was a lot of money, but get rid of him because he doesn’t want to be here.
“Fans will be resentful, so as soon as he plays poor he will be booed and there will be a big dramas, so what’s the point? Try to get rid of him, shake hands and say goodbye, that’s it.
“I wish him the best; I love Lukaku, and I really hope that he will be successful and hopefully he will find his happiness at Inter, and we can get somebody else.”
What should Chelsea do about Romelu Lukaku?
In our view, Chelsea should not be in a rush to get rid of Romelu Lukaku in the summer transfer window.
We believe that the Chelsea bosses, new head coach Mauricio Pochettino and Lukaku should hold talks over his future after the UEFA Champions League final.
True, the 30-year-old did not have the best of times on his return to Chelsea, and there have been injury problems at Inter this season.
However, we know that Lukaku is a very good striker.
Perhaps Pochettino could get him back to his best.
Lukaku has made 18 starts and six substitute appearances in Serie A for Inter this season.
The Belgian has scored 10 goals and given five assists in those games.
In seven substitute appearances in the UEFA Champions League for Inter this campaign, Lukaku has scored three goals and given one assist.